Luther on God's use of means

In our day, in the time of the New Testament, God has given us Baptism, the Sacrament of the Altar, and absolution to bring Christ very »

prayer for Good Friday

And they crucified him... -- Mark 15.23a (ESV) Almighty and everlasting God, You willed that Your Son should bear for us the pains of the »

a calm and quiet Lent

O Lord, my heart is not lifted up; my eyes are not raised too high; I do not occupy myself with things too great and too »

the Church, a bride not a whore

The Baptist had preached repentance, but it didn't help. The Church has done the same for two thousand years, and it still doesn't appear to have »

tangible sin, tangible forgiveness

The Spirit of the Lord God is on Me, because the Lord has anointed Me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent Me »

clothed in righteousness: thoughts on moral trauma

War is messy. It is a mess of dirt, sweat, blood, gunpowder, rubble, tears, death, and destruction unparalleled by anything else that comes about by the »

on Jesus' baptism

This Sunday, January 12th, the church celebrates the baptism of Christ. This event is recorded in all four Gospels, which clearly points to its importance. Matthew's »

on silence

After posting this quote from Bonhoeffer, I couldn't keep it from running around in my mind: We are so afraid of silence that we chase ourselves »

exceptionalism and American Christianity's love of war

American Christianity--especially American Evangelicalism--has a love affair with war, guns, 'freedom,' and the military. Christians in America are historically very supportive of our military, our »

the economics of Christ (link)

justifiedandsinner has some remarkable thoughts on luxury, simplicity, and our idols to ring in the new year. They are hard words to read but ones we »